The Forbidden City: Celebrating 600 Years with Jeremiah Jenne

The Forbidden City: Celebrating 600 Years with Jeremiah Jenne


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For 600 years, the Forbidden City has stood at the heart of Beijing. Twenty four emperors and their families lived there. What secrets did they leave behind for us to discover?

For six centuries, the Forbidden City has been at the very center of Beijing. Twenty four emperors of two different Chinese dynasties ruled a vast realm from behind the high red walls of China's last imperial palace. They were not alone, sharing the "Great Within" with eunuchs, consorts, and courtiers. What was life like for the men and women who lived and worked in the palace? Who built the Forbidden City and why was Beijing chosen as capital? What is the legacy of the emperors and the palace they left behind?

Today the Forbidden City is a UNESCO World Heritage site visited by millions each year. On the occasion of the 600th anniversary of the Forbidden City's first royal audience, join a local historian for a lively, informative, and occasionally irreverent virtual exploration of the palace and its history. We'll dish about the emperors, share a bit of eunuch gossip, and look at the role women played in court politics. We'll also check out some of the Forbidden City's architectural marvels, including how you stuff 9999 rooms (but no toilets) into a single palace.

Led by Jeremiah Jenne, who has lived in Beijing for over twenty years and is a teacher of Late Imperial and Modern Chinese history, this interactive seminar will explore the Forbidden City from the comfort of home. Designed to inform curiosity and inspire future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of China's imperial past.

Jeremiah is a writer and historian based in Beijing since 2002. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis, and taught Late Imperial and Modern Chinese History for over 15 years. His essays and articles on China have appeared in The Economist, South China Morning Post, The Journal of Asian Studies, Los Angeles Review of Books, and The World of Chinese. His writings can also be found in China in 2008: A Year of Great Significance, The Insider's Guide to Beijing, and the 2015 collection While We're Here: China Stories from a Writer's Colony. Jeremiah is frequently asked to speak and lead workshops on history, culture, and cultural adaptation for students, embassies, companies, and community groups. Along with David Moser, Jeremiah hosts the podcast Barbarians at the Gate.

Not suitable for children under age 13 (sensitive content).

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

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Marilyn Lichtman (Rockville, US)
Informative mix of history and intrigue

The info about the Forbidden City served as a terrific compliment to a course i am just finishing on Chinese history. Jeremeiah was extremely well prepared and accessible.

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Anonymous (Beverly, US)
Fascinating!

What. great lecture - Jeremiah brought Chinese history to life with a helpful overview, great stories and a fun way of presenting it all.

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Gerri (Los Angeles, US)
Great Trip to Forbidden City

I really enjoyed The Forbidden City. The history was interesting and very detailed. And Jeremiah was a lot of fun, too.

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Priscilla (Richmond, CA)
A well illustrated and well described overview of the Forbidden City

Jeremiah gave a short background history of the Forbidden City and then, using a map to orient us, took us through the grounds and buildings of this complex. He gave a thorough, well-illustrated overview of the main buildings and historically significant incidents in the Forbidden City.

Customer Reviews

Based on 8 reviews
88%
(7)
13%
(1)
0%
(0)
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(0)
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(0)
I
Irene Neginsky (Chestnut Hill, US)

Guest did not leave comment

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Marilyn Lichtman (Rockville, US)
Informative mix of history and intrigue

The info about the Forbidden City served as a terrific compliment to a course i am just finishing on Chinese history. Jeremeiah was extremely well prepared and accessible.

A
Anonymous (Beverly, US)
Fascinating!

What. great lecture - Jeremiah brought Chinese history to life with a helpful overview, great stories and a fun way of presenting it all.

G
Gerri (Los Angeles, US)
Great Trip to Forbidden City

I really enjoyed The Forbidden City. The history was interesting and very detailed. And Jeremiah was a lot of fun, too.

P
Priscilla (Richmond, CA)
A well illustrated and well described overview of the Forbidden City

Jeremiah gave a short background history of the Forbidden City and then, using a map to orient us, took us through the grounds and buildings of this complex. He gave a thorough, well-illustrated overview of the main buildings and historically significant incidents in the Forbidden City.